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Calling all Landscape Architects and Park Planners

Rope-based Play from Dynamo - LuckyDog RecreationFor all Landscape Architects and Park Planners…

Schedule a 2016 “Lunch and Learn” at Your Facility

Select from 3 timely topics:

  • Playground Drainage
  • Rope-based Playgrounds
  • Unitary Surfacing Primer

Download:  Playground Drainage and Rope-based Playgrounds Infomation

Download:  2016 Unitary Surfacing and Rope-based Plagrounds


Spark Imaginations With Musical Playground Equipment

For over 20 years Freenotes Harmony Park™ Outdoor Musical Instruments has been sparking imaginations. Their innovative playground equipment is sure to bring a song to your neighborhood.

To say we are thrilled to add Freenotes to our repertoire of Idaho and Utah playground equipment is putting it mildly.

Take a look at this video and you can see why!

Fun for kids of all ages, anyone can play and no one makes a mistake.

Just imagine all of the places you would like to see Freenotes!

  • City Parks – Wouldn’t you love to create music with your family and friends?
  • School Playgrounds – Kids would go wild with music at their finger tips.
  • Hospitals – The soothing harmonies of healing are magic.
  • Museums – Everyone can experience making music.
  • Day Cares – Imagination with no limits.

What Music Does For You and Yours

We all know the pleasure we get from music. But did you know these facts?

Cognitive Function

Music helps to build reasoning skills and cognitive development. It can increase the capacity of your memory, refine time management and organizational skills, and teach perseverance.


Playing music is fun! It builds confidence, encourages creativity and self-expression. It can reduce anxiety, relieve symptoms of depression, and elevate your mood. It just makes people healthier and happier!


Playing and listening to music can reduce stress, ease pain, lower your blood pressure, increase workout endurance, improve sleep, enhance blood vessel function and help you eat less!


As we co-create music we grasp a sense of joy, our focus and social engagement align without effort. Playing music with others fosters deep listening, respect, a sense of belonging and builds community.

Prepared by:  – The Leader in Outdoor Musical Instruments

I would love to show Freenotes and design your perfect Harmony Park. Call me!

Nicole Stoddard – Idaho and Utah Playground Equipment

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P.S. Congratulations to Leo Alvarez, Lauren Fraley and Chelsi Rome from Perkins+Will Design Firm for winning Freenotes 2016 Musical Park Design Challenge.

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2016 LuckyDog Education Session at URPA and UCPA Events

LuckyDog makes plans to present to Park Professionals at URPA and UCPA events coming in March and LuckyDog is preparing this year’s education session on the ASTM-F1292-13.

As you know, every park professional should know the ins-and-outs of this technical document. And because the ASTM is not your typical leisure reading material, LuckyDog is making is simple, compelling, and interesting. See presentation description here: Ins and Outs ASTM-1292

2016 schedule is as follows:

Utah Cemetery and Parks Conference, UCPA March 7th

Utah Recreation and Parks Conference, URPA March 8th

Stay turned for locations and times.

Dog Park Expertise From Dog-ON-It Parks Systems

Dog Parks Utah and Idaho, LuckyDog Recreation.

PawsGrip patented coating on every surface, a Dog-ON-It

Did you know that dog parks generate more outdoor recreation for the investment than almost any other activity in your parks?

Dog-ON-It-Parks offers the first full line of products engineered specifically for off-leash areas in public parks. Incorporating more than two dozen play activities including ramps, jumps, tunnels, hoops and hurdles, a Dog-ON-It-Parks system fills the need for more interaction between dogs and owners at the park.

All components were designed for durability and low maintenance, using stainless steel hardware, rust proof heavy gauge aluminum and PawsGrip™; their patented coating which provides heavy duty, slip resistant traction.

While safety should always be a top priority when evaluating dog park equipment, it’s an especially important consideration in regions with inclement weather.  PawsGrip™ helps to provide a safe walking surface in all weather conditions including rain, snow,
mud and ice.

Dog Park - PawsGrip - LuckyDog Recreation Utah and Idaho

Safe walking surface in all weather conditions

Similar to the coatings used in truck bed liners, PawsGrip™ is highly textured, incredibly durable yet still comfortable under dogs’ paws.  The coating is also UV protected, so your equipment will stay bright looking and attractive, minus the muddy paw prints, of course!

This Ask An Expert message is brought to you by Nora VandenBerghe and the Dog Park experts at Dog-ON-It Park Systems. You can learn more by contacting LuckyDog Recreation, your trusted full-service source for outdoor recreational equipment and dog park construction in Utah and Idaho. 

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